Andamiyo Chihota

Andimiyo Chihota was born in Chitungwiza, Zimbabwe, in 1976. His family later moved to Guruve, a region with a rich sculpture tradition, and abundant in serpentine stone and other raw stones, popularly used by stone sculptors throughout Zimbabwe. He started carving at the age of 13 and attributes his success to his father, Luke Chihota, for nurturing his talent. He also got inspiration from the late Henry Munyaradzi, One of the founders of the Shona Movement whom he regularly visited as a young boy. After finishing High school, he began his apprenticeship under Edronce Rukodzi, an internationally renowned artist who introduced him to the Tengenenge Art Community. He turned professional at the age of 17 and started caving full time. 

Andamiyo’s has become known for his birds, animals, and the Shona people. His love for African values and wildlife comes through in his work. His artistic signature is his uniquely sculptured eyes.

Some of his notable exhibitions include:-

  • St Andréasberg in Germany (1992) (group exhibition and sculpting workshops)
  • Guest artist in residence Shona D’Afrique in Montreal (2006)
  • Skulpturegalerie Sylt on Sylt, an Island Northern Sea (2008)
  • Museum of Art in San Diego, California

His sculptures have sold to collectors in Germany, Belgium, the United Kingdom, the USA, and Canada.